Monday, September 8, 2014

ARC Review: Betrayed by D.B. Reynolds

Betrayed  (Vampires in America,  #5.5)
From the blurb:

Love, the ache in your heart when you meet the one. It can take you to soaring heights; and it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage. Loyalty, the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity . . . unless it rots from within, birthing hatred. Betrayal, it comes in many forms and from many sources… love… loyalty… betrayal. War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?

 Heather's rating:

I think Cyn and Raphael rank up there in my favorite literary couples of all time. For sure they are in my urban fantasy/paranormal romance top 5. This story, which was a novella focusing on Raphael and Cyn between the book Duncan and Lucas, was a perfect interlude.

I actually read this one after Lucas, which was phenomenal, and it made me smile to be re-introduced to my favorite Irish vampire cowboy. The story itself is pure Raphael and Cyn, though, and I loved having the focus back on them for a time. Raphael is the perfect mix of dominant, dangerous, and smexy, and I love how Cyn keeps him on his toes.

Cyn... swoons... if I could create my ideal heroine it would be her. She is smart, strong, and not the least bit annoying. I love her to bits and I love her chemistry with Raphael.

For a novella, the pace was tight, the action was good, and the dialogue was on point. My only issue is that it felt a little like a filler book, which I know it was, but I needed MORE and left this one greedy and wanting.

Maybe another full length Raphael and Cyn book? Pretty please, D.B. Reynolds?

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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